The Infrared Processing and Analysis Center on the campus of Caltech is responsible for Data Processing and Archiving.
Roc Cutri – Science Data Manager
Dr. Cutri, IPAC Deputy Executive Director, was the data processing lead scientist for the Two-micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) project which involved about two dozen staff members from IPAC, for which he won the 2007 James Craig Watson Medal from the National Academy of Sciences.
John Fowler received his Ph.D. in astrophysics in 1972 from the University of
Maryland. His doctoral thesis was concerned with the effects of atomic bound-bound
transitions on the structure of stellar atmospheres. After that he began a career
at JPL and Caltech that has lasted more than 30 years. Projects that he worked on
before joining the WISE team include Viking, IRAS, 2MASS and Spitzer. His primary
research interest is the development of a theory of quantum gravity. He has also
been deeply involved in music over the years, roughly doubling his research
assistantship income throughout graduate school by playing flamenco guitar around
the Washington, D.C., area. He has authored two books on music theory and is a
co-author of a third, the Scale-Chord Synopticon, a mathematically complete system
of scales and chords. He also designed and implemented a programming language for
music, which he uses to expedite his own work in musical composition, along with
numerous software utilities to aid in musical analysis.
Frank J. Masci - IPAC Staff Scientist
Frank Masci was born and raised in Melbourne, a port-side city located in Australia's south-east. He received a BSc (Hons) degree in Physics in 1993 and a PhD in Astrophysics from the Univesity of Melbourne in 1997 under the supervision of Dr. Rachel Webster - a former student of Sir Martin Rees. Frank was hired in 1998 as a post-doc at IPAC/Caltech to support the Wide-field Infra-Red Explorer mission (WIRE). At that time, the WISE project (then NGSS) was being conceived. He then joined the Spitzer Science Center (SSC) at Caltech in 2000 where he served as Cognizant Engineer/Scientist for data processing and astrometric calibration. He later became Deputy Downlink System Engineer. He joined the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) project in May 2007 where he is currently the Cognizant Engineer/Scientist for instrumental calibration and image coaddition/mosaicking. Frank's research interests are in quasars, cosmic large scale structure, and astrostatistics. In his spare time he enjoys mountain climbing, skiing, tennis, cooking, and pondering the intricate patterns of nature.